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Our Veterans

Our Veterans are as diverse as the roles they perform during their service with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The skills they gain during service equip them for highly successful careers after they transition into civilian life. Leaving the ADF is the start of the next stage in a veteran’s life and they have a lot to offer our nation and unique stories to tell. DVA is pleased to bring you some of these stories in a series called Our Veterans.

  • The face of Brendan Hardman, a wheelchair basketballer.
    Brendan Hardman — finding a purpose

    Brendan Hardman is the Relationship Officer at the Hospital Research Foundation in Adelaide. He spent nearly eight years in the Australian Army as an artillery officer and deployed to Afghanistan. He thoroughly enjoys his job, and has come to terms with being medically discharged from the Army. But it wasn’t an easy process.

  • Karen Cahill with long hair and fringe and wearing a blue emergency medical dispatcher uniform.
    Karen Cahill

    Growing up in Townsville, Karen Cahill often watched the Blackhawks and Chinook helicopters flying over the city. She knew then it was something she wanted to be a part of.

  • Headshot of Rebecca Gauci wearing a checkered shirt and grey knit jumper.
    Rebecca Gauci

    Rebecca spent four years with the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Logistics Support Operations Sailor at HMAS Watson and HMAS Kuttabul, which included two years at sea.

  • Richard Cranna the National Chairman for Legacy Australia
    Richard (Rick) Cranna — National Chairman of Legacy Australia

    In Legacy Week we are pleased to feature the story of Richard (Rick) Cranna, Chairman of Legacy Australia and a Legatee for nearly 50 years.

  • The face of Steve, a Trades Training Maintenance Coordinator
    Steve — reach out to your Transition Coach

    Steve was a Lance Corporal who served in the army for more than 10 years. He worked as a Fitter Armourer within the Royal Australian Electrical Mechanical Engineers before leaving the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in 2018.

  • Headshot of Troy Lines in Australian Army camouflage combat uniform and boonie hat with desert in the background
    Troy Lines — knowledge is power

    Troy Lines served more than 20 years in the Royal Australian Army, first in the Infantry before discharging for a few years then re-enlisting in the Armoured Corp. After initially finding it difficult to transition, Troy now has a new career in the transport industry and is living his best life while still using some of the skills he learnt during his time in the army.